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post #1 of 14 Old 12-23-2013, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Keeping your horse busy

Hello everyone so here's the problem, my horse is usually out in the pasture 24/7, but it has been rainning a lot recently so he's now on inside his stall all day. I can't really go for a ride now because we don't have an indoor arena so he has nothing to do and I'm guessing he's really bored.. Do you guys have any ideas to keep horses busy in these days? Ohh, and I've tried to hide some carrots and pieces of bread in his bed too!
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-23-2013, 01:00 PM
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Try Trick Training!! Works wonders! You AND your horse would love it! Hope I helped
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Try Trick Training!! Works wonders! You AND your horse would love it! Hope I helped
Ahah, I love it so much! We already do that, and I'm running out of tricks at the momment, any suggestions on small tricks that I could teach in his stall? He already knows the kissing, hugging, jambette, smilling..
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post #4 of 14 Old 12-23-2013, 01:06 PM
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My horse is out in the rain getting muddy. He refuses to go in his run in. LoL

Maybe an empty bottle with rope tied to one end that he can swing around?

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Ahah, I love it so much! We already do that, and I'm running out of tricks at the momment, any suggestions on small tricks that I could teach in his stall? He already knows the kissing, hugging, jambette, smilling..
I taught my horse to shake hooves with me :P Also you could teach him to count, that is a really hard trick but my horse loves it once he understood what he was doing it for haha. You teach him to strike a hoof on the ground and then you just ask a math question that you know, I point at his leg or tap it if i'm at his side and I just keep tapping it till he gets to the number I want :)
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post #6 of 14 Old 12-23-2013, 08:11 PM
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My horse makes his own entertainment lol, by throwing his rubber feed pan into the stall next to his, over and over and over again. Luckily there's not a horse in there during the day when he's in.

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post #7 of 14 Old 12-23-2013, 08:19 PM
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My horse makes his own entertainment lol, by throwing his rubber feed pan into the stall next to his, over and over and over again. Luckily there's not a horse in there during the day when he's in.

My old perchy mare would dump her water bucket (One of the big tupper tubs) She loved doing that if it wasn't 100% full.
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Horses don't dissolve in the rain and most prefer to be outside in it. The skin has a waxy dander that waterproofs the skin.
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post #9 of 14 Old 12-23-2013, 09:59 PM
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Horses don't dissolve in the rain and most prefer to be outside in it. The skin has a waxy dander that waterproofs the skin.
Some horses can't go out when it's wet. My TB doesn't have the greatest feet, while he's only thrown one shoe in years, if he goes out when it's wet (even one night) his feet turn to mush and he will abscess, even with durasole two times a day. So he stays in when it's raining.

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post #10 of 14 Old 12-23-2013, 10:44 PM
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Unless he is compromised in any manner I say turn him out. Most healthy horses don't mind running amuck in the "muck" (meaning mud and rain not manure type muck).

Jolly balls witht he treat hangers on them, Busy Balls, partially deflated basket or soccer balls, 2 liter bottle with pebbles in them and a who plethera of stuff. Also you can feed hay through a hay net or slow feed net to lengthen time spent muching hay. Open a window (if available), work on ground manners like stepping towards you or away from you using hand pressure on certain body parts, picking up feet without touching them or voice commands, Dropping head on command or playing with ears, teaching them how to back up, lead or turn them (pivot) with out a lead rope or lead rope pressure. You can do alot of this in the barn isle way. Unless he has health issues, turn him out, even if its for just an hour; even if its just in the arena (if you have access to one).

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